New York Comes To Paris

BY Katrina Kufer / May 31 2017 / 14:50 PM

MoMA and the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s autumn exhibition Etre moderne: Le MoMA à Paris sees the two mega institutions join forces

New York Comes To Paris
© 2017 Cindy Sherman
Cindy Sherman. Untitled Film Still #21. 1978. Gelatin silver print. 719.1 x 24.1 cm. I=The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Horace W. Goldsmith Fund through Robert B. Menschel, 1995

The most comprehensive exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) collection in France will open in October 2017 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton (FLV). Titled Etre moderne: Le MoMA à Paris, the full four-floor building takeover will feature a cross-disciplinary selection of 200 works from all 6 of the New York institution’s departments.

With both museum heads (Glenn Lowry from MoMA and Suzanne Pagé from FLV) at the conceptual helm, the show will “provide a history of modern art through the lens of MoMA's ever-evolving collection," said Quentin Bajac (MoMA) in a statement, who is curating the exhibition alongside Olivier Michelon (FLV). "From iconic works by artists such as Cézanne to contemporary works by designers such as Shigetaka Kurita, the exhibition exemplifies how MoMA's collection has shaped the public's definition of modern art and continues to challenge our interpretation of it."

The slated works range from drawings, sculptures and prints through to photography, film, performance and design. A selection of rarely shown documentary material from MoMA’s Archives will also be presented in the galleries, tracing the history of the museum and offering key art historical contextualisation. Based on the pre-revealed artist roster, inclusive names such as Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gustav Klimt, Yayoi Kusama and René Magritte, amongst numerous others, Etre moderne is set to be a “momentous occasion,” stated Jean-Paul Claverie, advisor to chairman of FLV Bernard Arnault.

Using the foundation of the art historical past to keep it’s exhibition programme modern, “the guiding principle for our exhibition in Paris,” stated Pagé in the press release, Etre moderne will trace defining moments of Modern art through Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop art and Digital art. Highlights include Edward Hopper’s House by the Railroad (1925), Jackson Pollock’s Echo: Number 25 (1951), a selection of Minimalist and Pop art works presented in dialogue, documentation of Fluxus and Pictures Generation works, Lele Saveri’s The Newsstand, Untitled (USA Today) (1990) from Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (You Invest in the Dvinity of the Masterpiece) (1982) from Barbara Kruger (who, along with Gonzalez-Torres, will show in France for the first time), and Kurita's original set of 176 emoji designs.

Following the success of the fondation’s most recent collaborative exhibition with the Shchukin Collection, Etre moderne promises an exciting peek into the North American museum’s collection of masterpieces, with Le Monde revealing in October 2016 that there are high hopes for the (temporary) return of Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) (which has not travelled since 1988) and several works by seminal French artists Cézanne, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard.

Etre moderne: Le MoMA à Paris will run 11 October 2017-5 March 2018 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France. For more information visit